By Andrew Dodson on June 10, 2017 at 8:16pm
At EA Play today, an unexpected little gem appeared in the form of "A Way Out," a title currently being developed by Hazelight (studio run by the creator of 'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons'). Check out the announcement below:
On it's surface, "A Way Out" looks like a game that we've played before but what really sets it apart is that it's designed to be played cooperatively - either online, or with a friend. With the apparent exception of some cut-scenes, the entire game is split-screen, with the designer wanting people to play this side-by-side on a couch. A 100% split-screen game isn't something I expected at the start of the 2017's E3, but the idea is certainly enticing - especially since online gaming has all but replaced the need to have a friend in the room with you in order to get through a game's story.
In "A Way Out," the players play either Vincent and Leo and they're working for, if the name didn't spoil it, a way out of the prison they're incarcerated in. The split-screen nature of the game means that there will probably be a lot of different ways to solve problems - one player distracting a guard or causing a fight, while another player grabs some contraband or hides a tool for later use.
The game doesn't stop when the players get out of prison, though. It looks like there's a whole gameplay sequence involving running from the police in the forest, car chases and probably a lot of tying up Leo and Vincent's separate stories.
"A Way Out" is due for release early 2018, and will be available on the PS3, XBox One and PC (via Origin).